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1938: The Birth of Superman
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
heroes, Shuster, propulsion, Pep, million, social, merchandise, steel, exploding, brown, Lane, unbelievable, Detective, depression, dissolution, love, Lee, alien, truth, baby, fly, heavier, mythology
June 1938
sociological conditions that were present in America and the world
this impacted America's need for             
many publishers turned Siegel and                down
too crazy
too over-the-top
too crude
finally published in Action Comics #1, June 1938
starts with an origin story of superman
unnamed planet                   
coming to earth as a         
he couldn't        at this time, but could just leap 1/8th of a mile
not yet dealing with super villains and            threats
he's more about being a crusader for              justice
fighting everything from gangsters to corrupt politicians to big business
the original Superman was representing every man, the common man, in his battle for            and justice
begins to describe the          triangle with Lois Lane
by 1939 was awarded his own comic book
Superman 2
sales were high
exceeded one               
a retelling of the original story
brings us into modern day stories of the man of           
gave birth to a modern-day                   
art of comic books and comic strips
look at original art on the back, since artists do sketches on the backs of paintings
on an original print, there is an inked picture of Lois         
Stan        co-created the entire pantheon of Marvel superheroes
superman was a man from another planet where the gravity is               
but they had him able to fly with no visible means of                     
would have been more realistic if he was only able to jump high
began to market                       
view master and slides
television show which turned into a film
on the black and white shows
his costume was not red and blue
Kellogg's        Whole Wheat sponsored
law suit from 1940 to 1953
between National Comics (also known as                    Comics and DC Comics) and the Fawcett Comics
longest running legal battles in comic book publication history
suit resulted in the                        of Fawcett Comics and the cancellation of all of its superhero-related publications

Ideas and Concepts:

From the we-could-use-this-guy-today department, via tonight's Superheroes course:

"In the 1930s, America and the world increasingly needed heroes, yet many publishers turned Siegel and Shuster's idea for Superman down, saying it was too crazy, too over-the-top, and too unbelievable.

Finally, however, in June 1938, Superman was published in Action Comics #1, and it appropriately started with an origin story of Superman:the then unnamed exploding planet, Superman coming to earth as a baby, and as he grew to a man, he learned that he had super powers.

He couldn't fly at this time, but he could leap one eighth of a mile over tall buildings. And he wasn't dealing with super villains and alien threats yet. Instead, he was more of a crusader for social justice, fighting everything from gangsters to corrupt politicians and big business. The original Superman represented Everyman, the common man, in a battle for truth and justice."
1930s: The Origin of the American Comic Book
1938: The Birth of Superman
The People Behind the Golden Age of Comic Books
Patriotic Superheroes
Comic Books after World War II
Comic Books in the McCarthy Era
1954: Fredric Wertham's Impact on the Comic Book Industry
1960s: The Silver Age of Comics
The Bronze Age of Comics and the Genre of Relevancy